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Half a dozen govt teachers to face legal proceedings

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Irregularities in appointment of half a dozen teachers in a government-aided college in Moradabad spelt doom ffor the teachers who lost their jobs and were set to face legal proceedings. The exposure was made through an application under Right to Information Act (RTI) and action was initiated after State Information Commissioner Hafiz Usman ordered a prrobe into the matter. 

Interestingly, the SIC also recommended action against the then District Inspector of School (DIoS) in Moradabad who did not take appropriate action when irregularities were brought to his notice. 

As per reports, an RTI activist of Moradabad filed an application with the District Magistrate alleging that five teachers were appointed in government-aided Ambika Prasad Inter College after taking a bribe of Rs 20 lakh each in 2015. It was also charged that the college management connived with the then DIoS Moradabad to facilitate the scam by adopting illegal means. 

It was also also said that even before completing the formalities, names of those appointed were already made public pointing towards large scale criminal conspiracy. The complainant sought to know as to how these teachers were appointed, what procedure was adopted etc. 

SIC Hafiz Usman, in whose court the matter was filed during appeal, said that after going through the facts, he suspected foul play in the process and directed the Education department to get the matter probed and submit a report. 

Usman said that a three-member enquiry committee was also formed on his directions. After the probe report was submitted., the SIC was shocked to learn that almost all allegations made in the complaint were true except for the bribery charge which could not be directly proved. 

The report pointed that the management intentionally mended rules to facilitate job to persons known to them. They advertised the post and also interview date (30/6/15) but without any notice or reason, the interview was pre-poned (13/06/15) and only some candidates were informed. 

The probe also pointed that the appointment of five candidates on post of Assistant Teacher were sent for approval from Education department. But before the approval came, the college authorities in connivance with the then DIoS issued appointment letters which again pointed towards malafide intention. 

After finding the irregularities, the SIC got the services of all five teachers cancelled and terminated them from the job. It was also directed to fill the posts as per guidelines laid down under Intermediate Education Act, 1921. Besides, action was also recommended against the then DIoS for clearing the appointments despite knowing about the anomalies.




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